Burns Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Lake Murray

Burns Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Lake Murray Ross Burns won the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Murray

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 14, 2014) – Ross Burns of Columbia, S.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Murray. For his victory, Burns earned $2,741.

“I threw a topwater bait all day,” said Burns, who considers Murray to be his home lake. “I had three rods on deck, two of them were topwater baits and one of them was a fluke.”


Burns said that he fished two key points throughout the day. He said he would start on the end of the point in 60 to 70 feet of water and work toward the bank.


“In practice I checked every point I know of and I only found two that they were schooling on,” Burns explained. “It was random. They wouldn’t just come up in one place. That’s why I started so far from the bank. I just worked in and would go over to the school when they started coming up to hit bait. I caught probably 30 bass, but I probably lost 15 more.


“I’ve been close to winning before, but never quite done it in the past,” Burns went on to say. “Something would always go wrong. This time, whenever something went wrong something would go right just after it. I didn’t think I was going to win, but I’m happy it finally happened.”


Burns said that he caught most of his fish on Lake Murray Clear-colored Lucky Craft Sammy, size 85 and 100.  Rounding out the top 10 pros were:


                2nd:          Norm Attaway, Clearwater, S.C., five bass, 14-12, $1,370

                3rd:          Michael Murphy, Lexington, S.C., five bass, 13-12, $914 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

                4th:           Mitch Avant, Johnsonville, S.C., five bass, 13-2, $639

                5th:           Ronnie McCoy, Lamar, S.C., five bass, 12-11, $548

                6th:           Greg Willimon, Pickens, S.C., three bass, 12-1, $502

                7th:           Greg Rikard, Leesville, S.C., five bass, 11-12, $457

                8th:           Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., three bass, 11-1, $411 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

                9th:           Anthony Colacurcio, Mount Pleasant, S.C., five bass, 9-11, $365

                10th:        Eddie Herlong Sr., Prosperity, S.C., three bass, 9-8, $320


Lee Inman of Inman, S.C., weighed in two bass totaling 10 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win $1,370 in the co-angler division. Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:


                2nd:          Shelton Yonce, Leesville, S.C., four bass, 9-13, $685

                3rd:          Ryan Shoaf, Rock Hill, S.C., three bass, 6-7, $457

                4th:           George Lloyd, Heath Springs, S.C., two bass, 5-13, $320

                5th:           Terry Carteret, Charlotte, N.C., two bass, 5-11, $274

                6th:           Nick Ireland, Columbia, S.C., one bass, 5-7, $251

                7th:           Bill Hawkins, Piedmont, S.C., two bass, 5-4, $228

                8th:           Tyler Moore, Walterboro, S.C., two bass, 5-0, $194

                8th:           Clyde Whiteside, Forest City, N.C., two bass, 5-0, $194

                10th:        Lonnie Drusch, Sumter, S.C., two bass, 4-4, $160


The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Va. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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